Hamas rejects UN chief labeling Palestinian resistance as 'violence'

September 14, 2023

Al-Qassam Website - The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has rejected the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' labeling of Palestinian resistance to the occupation as 'violence'.

In a press statement, Hamas affirmed that such a misnomer does not suit a genuine human right – i.e. the right to self-defense against the aggression inflicted by an occupying power and a legitimate act as per international laws and norms. 

Hamas added that the Palestinian people would never abolish such a right and would continue to fight against the Israeli occupation and its Judaisation schemes until liberation and return.

The Palestinian resistance movement reiterated that the terms 'violence' and 'terrorism' "apply exclusively to the Israeli occupation and fascist colonial settlers", who "bear full responsibility for escalating the situation, disrupting the lives of the Palestinian people, and denying them their national rights".

Hamas called on Guterres and the UN to assume their role in endorsing the Palestinian people's rights and their just cause by condemning the Israeli occupation and its continued aggression.